The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that their plan for investigating policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether individual's civil rights are being violated allocates only six hours to meeting with the community. Such a narrow window has raised concerns with community leaders who have been pressing for the investigation and fears within the community that the investigation is yet another paper chase.
After a vicious attack this weekend by the Seattle police on a house party of anarchists, we were requested to repost this audio documentary about the house party that was viciously attacked by the Portland police in March, 2001.
Host Carlos Chavez interviews social rights activist and co-founder of the Brown Berets in Los Angeles, Carlos Montes. His house was raided by the FBI on May 17th of this year and was the most recent in a string of raids and subpoenas on activists and labor union members throughout the country. They discuss these recent accounts of repression by the FBI as well as past experiences. Carlos Montes is facing firearm charges and is due for another court appearance on July 6th.
Mr. President: With Joe on leave, Abe looks at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.
It's been nearly 70 years since the U.S. Congress has declared war. The current administration has enshrined anddeepened the surveillance state first ushered in under the auspices of the Cold War and the War on Drugs, and then imposed under G.W. Bush's War on Terror. Once-inviolable rights to counsel, swift trial, due process, security from search and seizure, and habeas corpus have been rendered insubstantial.
From police-citizen confrontations on the streets of Portland to the nation-wide prison industrial complex, JoAnn Bowman and Bill Resnick discuss the violent realities of the criminal justice system. JoAnn Bowman has been a long-time KBOO programmer (hear her now on Voices from the Edge), a state legislator, and director of Oregon Action where she advocates for the poor and the black communities, especially around economic and criminal justice issues.